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Indians held in Dubai supermarket fraud

The fraud came to light after the Indian manager at the store noticed some discrepancies in account books.

india Updated: Aug 18, 2006 11:14 IST

Two Indian supermarket workers have been remanded in police custody after they were arrested by the Bahraini police earlier this year for doctoring the prices of goods in the supermarket and pocketing the difference.

An arrest warrant has been issued for a third person, a Pakistani national, who allegedly started the scam and continued to receive his share after going to Pakistan, according to Gulf News Daily.

The three workers together embezzled Bahraini Dinar (BD) 48,000 before their arrest. The fraud came to light after the Indian manager at the store noticed some discrepancies in account books.

The two Indian defendants each admitted charges related to the fraud and will remain in jail until the next hearing on September 17.

One of the arrested Indian workers, a computer programmer, told police that before leaving for his country the Pakistani, who was his co-worker, taught him how to forge the prices of the goods without being discovered.

He told police that he doctored the prices of goods by altering the serial numbers in the record and shared the proceeds with the others.

"My job is to receive the bills and the money and enter the bills amount in the computer, then send them to the head office, but I used to enter wrong amounts and information in the computer and embezzle the difference," he told police.

The Indian worker also admitted that he had sent more than BD 30,000 to the Pakistani in his home country.